Sunday, July 20, 2008


The weekend brought many delightful moments. I highly recommend Serenbe as a peaceful and beautiful retreat. I have already made plans to spend a weekend there in September with John to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. It has a laid back charm that will be perfect for a relaxing getaway.

The workshop that I attended was energizing. The vision of the Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance was renewed and refined, with a concrete plan that will see us through the next year, and beyond. I am more committed than ever to working together with my financial and mental health colleagues to help couples who are divorcing to make good decisions for themselves and their families. Speaking of colleagues, I hope it won't be long until I will not only be actively working with them again, but fully participating in all their extracurricular activities. Amy, you make a mean martini. Saying goodbye to Lauren Alexander was bittersweet, as we wish her well in her new endeavor. Happy trails. You know you can come "home" anytime.

Within minutes of returning from the retreat, John and Brent pulled up. I have not quite gotten all the hugs I need from my son, but I'm getting there. He's taller, tanner, and chock full of great experiences to share. Thank you Falling Creek Camp, for giving him just what he needed.

I am pleased to report that this weekend was more about what I could do, than what I couldn't. The bucket is not half empty. It is half full, and getting fuller.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

cancer or no cancer - you look like a million bucks!

Team Dream 2009 said...

Ain't it the truth?!?

Michael said...

You look beautiful. Keep up the good work!@!

Luv ya,
Couzin M

Anonymous said...

So great to read your more than "half full" blog and remind me to maintain my own perspective. I have more stories to share on my latest unfortunate adventures on our next visit. Meanwhile, enjoyed a wonderful summer lake weekend and Vinson just came in to give me a hug- so all is well with the world. Nothing like getting outdoors and returning to the hugs of children to restore and rejuvinate. We are, I really, really hope, leaving on Thursday for two weeks in Washington State. Much time in a cabin without elecrticity. Hooray if it works. But will miss keeping up with you. Thinking of you so often. Much love, michelle n.

Lenore & Scott said...

Hi Elyse,
So glad to hear all aspects of the weekend was great. I told you Brent would be taller - something about camp water... I'm sure he was happy to get his arms around you as well. Hope we talk soon.

Bridgette said...

Wow! You look amazing. You'd never even guess you were sick! Cute dress too. I know what you mean about kisses and hugs. Chase being the youngest always gets the most squeezes from me but I love to love on my boys no matter how big they get. Glad to hear you had a fun weekend.
Love ya --Bridgette

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to check into Serenbe. Supposed to have a cool, cottage community. Glad to hear you are having fun...you look awesome!! Hope to see you soon...Dani is in art camp and I was so thrilled and pleased that she wanted to make you something special. It might just be somthing cool for your folk art collection!!

Jill

Anonymous said...

Thank you for pushing yourself to be a part of the retreat this weekend. I loved spending time with you and realized how much I have missed you and your input. I know you are a happy camper having your happy camper home. Enjoy!
love you,
Marsha

Anonymous said...

Elyse,

I've been thinking about you and praying for you much in the past couple of months. I read your blog periodically to check on you. I am so impressed by your positive spirit. I'm confident you will beat this thing!!

Hope you talk to/see you soon.

Take care.

Andrew

Anonymous said...

Elyse - you look great and sound great. Reading your blog keeps me praying for you and connected to what really matters in this beautiful life. Thank you for writing, and for being you, and I can't wait to work with you again - Tracy M